Thursday, September 17, 2009

cancer awareness

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Did you know?

One in every 330 Americans develops cancer before the age of twenty.

On the average, 36 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer everyday in the United States.

Each year about 3,000 children die. That's 11 children every single day, every single year. About 35-40,000 more are in treatment each year.

On the average, one in every four elementary schools has a child with cancer. The average high school has two students who are current or former cancer patients.

Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the United States, more than from asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies, and pediatric AIDS combined.

Childhood cancer has a huge societal impact - 180,000 potential years of life are lost to it EVERY year!

The causes of most childhood cancers are unknown. At present, childhood cancer cannot be prevented.

The median age for childhood cancer is six. Children frequently have a more advanced stage of cancer when they are first diagnosed. 80% of children show that cancer has spread to distant sites in the body when the disease is first diagnosed.

Childhood cancer occurs regularly, randomly and spares no ethnic group, socioeconomic class, or geographic region. In the United States, the incidence of cancer among adolescents and young adults is increasing at a greater rate than any other age group, except those over 65 years.

National Marrow Donor Program - Be The Match Marrow Registry

Here's a place where you can help. It's a place that has saved lives. Please do what you can.

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